Marathon Challenge



Jonathan Bush 37
Entrepreneur and CEO

Summer 2006 Profile

A successful businessman born to a powerful political family (his cousin is in the White House), Jonathan's life is in many ways blessed. Yet he is going through a painful divorce, with five kids under the age of 10. Wanting to spend time with his kids, and leading a fast-growing healthcare company, Jonathan has little time to exercise and take care of his own health. He sees training for the marathon as a way to pour himself into something positive. Find out more in Jonathan's Marathon Diary.

Jonathan's Race Results & Update

Official Time/Pace
3hrs. 53min./8:53 minutes per mile

Are you still running, four months later?
I recently broke my toe in a cage-match-style game of tag with my kids, but other than that, I continue to run. Time is tight for me, so runs have to be snuck in early in the morning or late at night, but they still happen a couple times per week. I'm hoping to run the Portland, Maine marathon, and I'm certainly going to figure out how to run the Boston without fail.

What else has stayed with you?
My little souvenirs—a marathon jacket, pair of shorts, shirt, and that medal (which my dad had framed...a bit much, but he's a great booster). They make me crack a smile or give me a little tickle of pride when I see them.

What it all meant
The marathon represented a (relatively) healthy way to process the sad and out-of-control feelings I had about being divorced. It worked pretty well. I was able to make a change in my life happen the way I wanted it to happen amidst other changes over which I had no control.

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